In this week’s edition: A Cobble Hill wine bar to cure the winter blues. Photo courtesy of Saint Julivert Fisherie

Resy LineupNew York

The Resy Lineup: A Pasta Lunch Tasting, Lunar New Year Happenings, and Olmsted’s New Prix-Fixe Menu

By

Welcome back to the Resy Lineup, your weekly dose of recommendations on what to eat, drink, and see.

In this edition: Aldama does happy hour right, lunch plans solved, and time to get ready — the Year of the Tiger is coming soon.

 

Week of January 18

The Restaurant Rec

Saint Julivert Fisherie, because Alex Raij’s take on the Parisian wine bar is as delightful as ever, and a sure way to cure the winter blues (see their next-level cod pot pie). There’s lots to love in the seafaring plates, but don’t overlook the boudin noir, and pray that their beach shack burgers return one day … Oh, and just putting it out there: There’s a mezcal flan — right this way.

 

The Drink Proposal

Happy hour at Aldama, because it just got better. Visit Williamsburg’s riveting Mexico City-inspired haunt anytime from 5 to 7 p.m. for discounted bites and drinks — notably for their excellent Sangre de Mezcal (featuring mezcal, vermouth, and hibiscus), best sipped with the daikon- and carrot-topped tostada.

 

The Event Invite

On Wednesday, sous chef Scott Murry and chef de partie Yu-Chuan Kao are taking over the Oxalis kitchen for a Lunar New Year celebration benefiting Heart of Dinner — an organization helping elderly Asian New Yorkers with food insecurity and isolation. Book here for the special à la carte dim sum dinner, featuring special dishes by Saigon Social chef Helen Nguyen and chef Lauren Tran from Bánh by Lauren. Book for two tickets or more.

 

The Splurge

Continuing on our 2022 resolution of taking actual lunch breaks, you can expect to find us at the newly debuted oval pasta counter of La Devozione for the $95 four-course lunch tasting from noon to 3 p.m. Trust us, you’re going to want to go ­— these people know pasta. (For the regular, $165 seven-course tasting at dinnertime, book here.)

 

The Takeout Move

Something to pre-order before Wednesday, Jan. 26: The beautiful bánh chưng from Di An Di, a Vietnamese Lunar New Year treat of sticky rice wrapped in steamed banana leaves, filled with pork belly and mung beans. Pickup at the restaurant and delivery are available, more info here.

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Olmsted is launching a limited-run tasting menu, featuring dishes likes brussels sprouts falafel, agedashi scallop, and more. You know what to do.

In this week’s edition: A Basque prix fixe menu to brighten up your Mondays. Photo courtesy of Ernesto’s
In this week’s edition: A Basque prix fixe menu to brighten up your Mondays. Photo courtesy of Ernesto’s

Week of January 10

The Restaurant Rec

Ernesto’s, because they know how to ring in the new year right. Case in point: Their brand-new, Monday-nights-only tasting menu starting next Monday, Jan. 17. What you can expect: A prix-fixe menu highlighting the team’s favorite Spanish dishes, wines from their go-to winemakers, and even special collabs with exciting guest chefs. These will be some coveted seats, so book now for Jan. 17 and 24 — the Resys are out and aplenty (for now).

 

The Drink Proposal

A midday martini or a Manhattan at Anton’s, because in January, they will be 25 cents only. Yes, you read that right — a quarter! — and a Resy any weekday lunch (Wed-Fri) will promise a jolt of old-school New York nostalgia (and pricing) and specials worth taking a leisurely lunch for, so get on it now and drink wisely.

However, should you be on the other side of that coin (a.k.a. observing Dry January), burger and milkshake extraordinaire Black Tap has you covered with the Mad Piña, a drink that you’ll likely want to drink all year round.

 

The Event Invite

If you’re among those that noticed that brunch favorite Sunday in Brooklyn is currently shuttered, worry not — they’re simply renovating. Instead, head to the Seaport for their pop-up starting this Thursday for your favorite brunch staples (Brown butter pancakes! Cheddar scramble!) and happy hour, too. Dinner will follow soon.

 

The Splurge

A New Year’s resolution we hope to stick to: Taking more real lunch breaks, as opposed to the quick glued-to-laptop lunches that have taken over some work-from-home setups. Thankfully, a host of excellent restaurants often booked up at night are wide open come lunchtime. Like Frenchette, which serves its dinner menu for weekday lunch Tuesday through Friday. Trust us, there’s nothing like a buttery, escargot-flecked brouillade to perk up a Wednesday.

 

The Takeout Move

Back in LIC, the decadent and cherished M. Wells has devised an Eat-At-Home menu worthy of its dine-in experience (they’ll see you back in the dining room Jan. 12). Think meat tourtières, cassoulet, steak au poivre, and a next-level whole chicken that comes with foie gras wontons in chicken broth. Order here, Wednesday through Saturday.

 

From The Tipline

Nina Compton’s Compère Lapin residency at Intersect by Lexus is coming to an end, with the restaurant permanently closing its doors after a final dinner service on the 15th. Though Resys have all been snatched up, do Notify away — the feature is known for last-minute miracles.

In this week’s edition: A splurge-worthy holiday meal at Dirty French. Photo courtesy of Dirty French/Major Food Group
In this week’s edition: A splurge-worthy holiday meal at Dirty French. Photo courtesy of Dirty French/Major Food Group

Week of December 13

The Restaurant Rec

Dhamaka, because it’s our top restaurant in New York’s all-star best of dining Hit List of the year. Diving deep on regional Indian specialties less explored, the team conquered the city with explosive dishes like fried paplet, stuffed peppers, goat testicles, and an iconic biryani. And if you ever manage to order the elusive rabbit feast, well, you’re in for something truly special. Book here.

 

The Drink Proposal

Not one drink proposal but many, thanks to a joyous cocktail crawl. Stop by Bonnie’s, Di an Di, Fish Cheeks, and more for limited-edition drinks featuring Sanzo and benefiting Welcome to Chinatown, a nonprofit ensuring that Chinatown stays open for generations to come. Note: Cocktails are available until January 2, 2022.

 

The Event Invite

You’re going to want to head uptown to Sugar Monk on Monday nights. The next-level cocktail bar has just inaugurated “The Roaring 20’s: From Harlem and Beyond,” featuring Prohibition-style cocktails and live jazz, courtesy of saxophonist Max Bessesen and his trio. It’s every Monday night for absolutely no cover at all. Resys more than recommended.

 

The Splurge

Back on the holiday programming, you’re going to want to book these glitzy events early before they sell out:

Catch decadent oysters at Christmas ($125) and New Year’s Eve ($125) at Dirty French, black truffle ravioli and chestnut soup at Christmas ($195) and New Year’s Eve ($195-295) at The Grill, and some wagyu skirt steak for The Lobster Club’s New Year’s Eve ($150) bash. One thing to know about Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and company: They know how to throw a party.

Also, this upcoming Sunday (Dec. 19), Torrisi vet Sam Yoo of Golden Diner is teaming up with Don Angie’s Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli for a truly epic Feast of the Seven Fishes ($125) mashup combining Korean, Italian, and American flavors. Think Shrimp parm toast, and lorighittas with a black bean vongole. You don’t want to miss it.

 

The Gift Inspo

Pick a card, any card … If you can’t figure out where to dine next, this deck of cards may just be able to help you. With beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of some of the city’s top dining destinations’ iconic dishes, the Gourmand 52 Deck is a great stocking stuffer for the restaurant power player in your life.

 

Recommended Reading

‘Tis the season for team Resy’s annual Favorite Things of 2021! Check out our best-of list here, with submissions ranging from one of the best tasting menu restaurants to a decadent soft serve with soy sauce caramel. And that’s just in New York — the list encompasses restaurants from Charleston and London to Montréal and Honolulu. Something to keep on hand wherever you travel next …

In this week’s edition: A boozy holiday pop-up to have on your radar. Photo courtesy of Sunday in Brooklyn
In this week’s edition: A boozy holiday pop-up to have on your radar. Photo courtesy of Sunday in Brooklyn

Week of December 6

The Restaurant Rec

Sunday in Brooklyn, because Brooklyn’s favorite pancakes purveyor is all decked out in holiday cheer. That’s right, Snowday in Brooklyn is back, and the bar room’s annual Christmas extravaganza has all of the holiday cocktails, spinach dip, eggnog soft serve, and cozy blankets to get you in the mood — fires in the fireplace included. Look for the “Snowday” tile on the reservation, and book away.

 

The Drink Proposal

Speaking of seasonal cheer … Danny Meyer’s Porchlight also has you covered. Think the Two Year Aged Eggnog (10-year-old bourbon, brandy, rum, and egg and cream), the hot buttered rum, or the crème de cacao and crème de menthe-laced Frozen Grasshopper. To order with a side of hush puppies and smoked cheddar biscuits, please; this is Union Square Hospitality Group’s Southern accented cocktail bar, after all.

 

The Event Invite

There are still tickets left for Fulgurances’ very first kitchen party! It’s a $65 five-course, family-style menu in the vein of The Sopranos (we’re talking the epitome of Italian American red sauce), designed by chefs Francisco Pedemonte and Oscar Paz. It’s happening next Monday the 13th — tickets over here.

Pro tip: If Sunday red gravy dinners are your jam, you have two Sundays left to check out Cozy Royale’s weekly pasta dinners! Right this way.

 

The Splurge

It’s never too early to plan for New Year’s Eve, especially in New York and especially when it comes to Forsythia. The pasta destination is cooking up a holiday tasting menu with never-before-seen dishes (Tortellini in brodo! Gelato cart!) from Dec. 27 to the 31. You know what to do. (For their special NYE party, check here.)

Pro tip: Get the latest intel on what your favorite Resy restaurants are doing for Christmas and New Year’s right here.

 

The Gift Inspo

For the home cook in your life: Anything from Yun Hai, the ultimate Taiwanese online pantry based in New York. Working directly with artisans, farms, and soy sauce breweries in Taiwan, women-owned Yun Hai has curated a premium selection of chili crisp, soy sauce, black sesame paste, and more. Get gifting.

 

From The Tipline

‘Tis the season of holiday cookie boxes (have you checked out ours?), and some of our favorite restaurants have just launched theirs.

Like Kimika, whose holiday cookie tin features mochi pâte de fruit and Hong Kong milk tea shortbread cookie sandwiches among others — look here under “upcoming events” for pickup days at the Nolita restaurant.

And don’t miss Ursula’s Happy Holigays cookie box, featuring cookies from 12 queer chefs and businesses around the country, with 100% of profits going to The Ali Fortney Center for LGBTQ+ youth.

In this week’s edition: Celebrate Hanukkah with Williamsburg’s favorite “Jew-ish” diner. Photo courtesy of Gertie
In this week’s edition: Celebrate Hanukkah with Williamsburg’s favorite “Jew-ish” diner. Photo courtesy of Gertie

Week of November 29

The Restaurant Rec

Gertie, because happy Hanukkah! Williamsburg’s favorite “Jew-ish” diner is going big for the Festival of Lights with a special $95 steak dinner this Friday, Dec. 3, featuring borscht, latkes, truffled noodle kugel, and more, done family style. Snag your tickets now and chag sameach! (For Gertie’s regular bagel program, book here.)

 

The Drink Proposal

Perhaps the pisco-forward Llama Del Rey cocktail at Llama Inn or the Veintiuno (shochu, Amontillado sherry, walnut liqueur, and sesame) at Llama San? The restaurants’ bar director Lynnette Marrero just won the World’s 50 Best Bars’ prestigious peer-voted award and now’s a better time than any to go raise a glass and enjoy her work.

 

The Event Invite

It’s sea urchin season and Greenpoint’s go-to izakaya is intent on celebrating. Rule of Thirds is throwing Uni & Friends dinners ($150/person) in their extra cozy and private Winter Village bungalows all December long. The dinners feature uni from Japan, Maine, and California, presented in every fashion and form, from the traditional to the deliciously wacky (we hear an uni hot pocket may be in the works). Book hereTickets must be purchased for a minimum of five and up to 10 guests.

 

The Splurge

A chance to sip one of 100 bottles of Yamazaki 55 in the world. Sushi omakase counter Nakaji is unbottling the oldest release in the House of Suntory’s history ever — a whisky distilled in 1960 by Suntory’s own founder — for a whopping $5,555 next Wednesday, Dec. 8. The luxe experience will include a vertical flight of previous high-profile Yamazaki releases, a pour of the 55 itself, and chef Nakajima’s Edomae sushi omakase with cocktail pairings. To reserve, email reserve@nakajinyc.com or call 646-478-8282. (Also, if you’re looking for more omakase options, we’ve got you covered here.)

 

The Gift Inspo

Welcome to our new seasonal category, in which we suggest holiday gifts for the food lovers in your life. For our very first gift idea: The Collab Holiday Box ($75) from Emma’s Torch, which contains next-level coffee, chocolate, granola, and other products from social enterprises creating positive change in the world. Order your box by Dec. 3!

 

From The Tipline

This just in: Bonnie’s, the highly anticipated Cantonese American restaurant from chef Calvin Eng finally got their gas turned on (we can’t wait to try this pasta), and Resys are live! You know what to do…

Discover More


Guides

The Resy Guide to Late-Night Dining in New York

Guides

The Resy Guide to Outdoor Dining in New York

New on Resy

New on Resy: Kappo Sono, Osteria Morini, Tong, and More

Taste Matters

The Freedom of Cooking In America, or, How the Duo at Dhamaka Learned Not to Compromise

Guides

The Resy Guide to Cozy Noodle Soups in New York

Guides

The Resy Guide to Vegan Bites and Cocktail Pairings in New York

The Rundown

Five Things to Know About La Devozione, Inside Chelsea Market

The Hit List

The January Hit List: Emmett’s on Grove, Jing Fong, Zou Zou’s, and More

Dish By Dish

How Leah Cohen Mashes Up Iconic Asian Flavors and Traditions at Piggyback NYC, in Five Dishes

New on Resy

New on Resy: Yakitori Totto, Marian’s, Genesis House, and More

Dish By Dish

How Bonnie’s Calvin Eng Pushes Cantonese American Food Forward, Through Five Dishes